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Ticket alert! Hot NYC concerts you don't wanna miss

By Brett Myers
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The Sonics + Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Apr 8 at Irving Plaza
Garage-rock pioneers the Sonics haven't lost the bite that made their ’60s sides so much fun. Here, the Tacoma, WA, group turns up in support of a new comeback disc, This Is the Sonics, with support from veteran R&B crew Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan 23 at Live Nation

Mastodon + Clutch + Graveyard: May 19 at Central Park SummerStage
A damn fine double bill, this. Hard-rocking Atlanta juggernaut Mastodon tempers its doom-thrash onslaught with prog, boogie and psychedelic pop, as heard to great effect on last year's Once More ’Round the Sun. Fan faves Clutch mix classicist hard rock with funked-up groove and esoteric humor. SummerStage may need a new sound system after this one. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan 23 at Ticketmaster 

New Kids on the Block + TLC + Nelly: Jun 20 at Nassau Coliseum; Jun 21, 22 at Madison Square Garden
Yep, you read that billing right. The New Kids shelled out hit after hit in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and they'll be sure to sing ’em all here, while making every effort to nail those tricky dance moves. Danny, Donnie, Joey, Jordan and Jonathan will be sure to do their new Hollywood Walk of Fame star proud here, as they cobill with resurgent ’90s R&B force TLC and "Hot in Herre" party-rap luminary Nelly. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan 28 at Ticketmaster

David Byrne's Contemporary Color: Jun 27 and 28 at Barclays Center
Perpetually prolific art-popster David Byrne finds inspiration in the most unlikely of places. This time around, the iconic Talking Head tips his hat to the oft-overlooked "marching arts" tradition of color guard. This multimedia blowout, copresented by BAM and Barclays Center, features 10 North American color-guard teams alongside vanguard musical acts such as How to Dress Well, St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, Nelly Furtado and Kelis. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan 28 at Ticketmaster

Mötley Crüe + Alice Cooper: Aug 12 at Barclays Center
One final tour and then it's home, sweet home—wherever that might be for retiring hair-band lifers—for glam-metal icons Mötley Crüe. After nine records and countless hard-rock anthems, the group plays NYC one last time. And who better to send them off than the godfather of shock rock, Alice Cooper? Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan 23 at Ticketmaster

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